Did you see Jen and Josh’s colorful wedding ceremony? Well, if not, go check it out and then come back here to see their reception captured by Rebekah Hoyt Photography. They were able to DIY lots of little things to make it look just bright and cheery – like springtime in Alexandria!  I love how they took the blending of their Catholic and Jewish upbringings right on into the reception too!


From Jen:  We handmade everything that we could! My talented mother made all of the paper flowers used for the centerpieces and place cards by hand. The picture frames that decorated the tables doubled as favors – we had photos of ourselves with each of our guests. I designed the invitations, save the dates, programs, and table numbers, and Josh designed the ketubah using a photo taken during our engagement shoot. Friends helped make the pomanders decorating the reception, and family created the card box.

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More from Jen:  Since our families are not from the area, we wanted to find a location that would serve as a fun weekend getaway. After searching all over the mid-Atlantic, we realized we had the perfect spot just down the street in Old Town Alexandria. We splurged on the location and saved by making the centerpieces, favors, and stationery ourselves.

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From Jen: Since Josh is Jewish and I am Italian and Catholic, it was important to us that we include both of our faiths and cultures. We had a cantor and priest celebrate our ceremony. We danced the hora and the tarantella. Our soup was a mixture of two family traditions- the chef combined an escarole or ‘Italian Wedding’ soup with matzoh ball soup. 


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Jen’s advice for other DC area couples: 

If you trust your vendors, you can often get a discount by offering to pay in full upfront for their services. Planning a wedding on your own turns into a full time job – make sure throughout your engagement that you devote time to just being a couple.  Setting aside ‘wedding free’ date nights will help you stay motivated – and preserve your sanity!

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Thank you so much Jen and Josh for sharing your love story with us! The following Washington DC area wedding professionals contributed to their wedding:

Reception Venue:  Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Officiants: Cantor Allen Leider & Father Horace “Tuck” Grinnell
Floral Designer:  Petal’s Edge Floral Design
Photography: Rebekah Hoyt Photography
Dress Designer:  Justin Alexander Bridal
Cake Designer:  Alexandria Pastry Shop
DJ:  MyDeejay (Michael Bell)
Hair & Makeup: Bridal Artistry (Audrey Lee – makeup; Ky Washington – hair)
Bridesmaid Dresses:  Bill Levkoff
Bridal Attire: Justin Alexander from Ellie’s Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Black by Vera Wang

Don’t forget to visit our vendor guide for more fabulous Washington, DC area wedding professionals or our real wedding gallery for more beautiful Washington, DC area weddings!

Photo Credits: Rebekah Hoyt Photography

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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